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What causes pain in the left side of the abdomen?

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Posted on Fri, 29 Jul 2016
Question: I have pain on my left side of my stomach and also back pai for a few days
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Answered by Dr. Sandip Kabra (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Try symptomatic medications first.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome to HCM,

Pain over left side of stomach is likely because of acute gastritis and back pain could be related to musculo-skeletal origin,the first possibility I would think in your case.

For that,I would suggest you to try symptomatic medications first.

Take Antacids like pantoprazole 40 or rabeprazole 20 twice daily.It will help to reduce excess acid production in stomach.

You can also take digene gel or liquid or ulcero-protective agents like sucralfate if you have burning sensations in stomach.

Take over the counter pain killer like ibuprofen or Aleve for your back pain.If back pain is not severe then you can also try pain killer gel like volini gel for symptomatic relief.

Apart from medications you should also be careful with your diet.

1) eat plain foods like boiled rice and green leafy vegetables without adding spices or oil.

2) avoid oily,spicy and fast foods

3) avoid eating full stomach at a time, rather have small meals frequently.

4) drink coconut water which will help to reduce burning if you have.

If pain still persists then get an ultrasound of abdomen done to rule out renal stones.

We would expect to see some improvement within couple of days and in case if symptoms persist longer,it would be advisable to see some local physician for further evaluation.

Thanks and Regards,

Dr.Sandip Kabra


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What causes pain in the left side of the abdomen?

Brief Answer: Try symptomatic medications first. Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to HCM, Pain over left side of stomach is likely because of acute gastritis and back pain could be related to musculo-skeletal origin,the first possibility I would think in your case. For that,I would suggest you to try symptomatic medications first. Take Antacids like pantoprazole 40 or rabeprazole 20 twice daily.It will help to reduce excess acid production in stomach. You can also take digene gel or liquid or ulcero-protective agents like sucralfate if you have burning sensations in stomach. Take over the counter pain killer like ibuprofen or Aleve for your back pain.If back pain is not severe then you can also try pain killer gel like volini gel for symptomatic relief. Apart from medications you should also be careful with your diet. 1) eat plain foods like boiled rice and green leafy vegetables without adding spices or oil. 2) avoid oily,spicy and fast foods 3) avoid eating full stomach at a time, rather have small meals frequently. 4) drink coconut water which will help to reduce burning if you have. If pain still persists then get an ultrasound of abdomen done to rule out renal stones. We would expect to see some improvement within couple of days and in case if symptoms persist longer,it would be advisable to see some local physician for further evaluation. Thanks and Regards, Dr.Sandip Kabra